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 Posted:   Jan 21, 2022 - 3:12 PM   
 By:   Jurassic T. Park   (Member)

As with the Sony set the arrangers are credited on each piece. You see names like Angela Morley and Alexander Courage appear frequently. Williams did a few as well.

Oh yes, that passed me by. Not all of the songs have arranger credits, which would lead me to believe those were played as originally arranged. With the arrangers, I wonder how much of it was done FOR Williams' preference and creative approach vs. the arranger's?

On the Sony set, "The Hollywood Sound" varies:

"Lawrence of Arabia" overture - no arranger (as-is from Jarre's composition?)
"Jaws" theme - no arranger (as-is from Williams' final composition?)
"Beauty and the Beast" arranged by Michael Starobin
"The Best Years of Our Lives" arranged by Angela Morley

My ultimate question is how much of this contains the voice and/or character of Williams beyond the tempo and dynamics direction, barring the obvious fact that the majority of the songs weren't Williams' compositions.

 
 Posted:   Jan 21, 2022 - 4:37 PM   
 By:   EdG   (Member)

I'm certain Williams had an impact on the arrangements though to what extent I don't know. He had good instincts for delivering music that audiences and orchestra managers liked. According to the recent Williams biography the Pops wanted him both for his star power and for his connections to skilled Hollywood arrangers to freshen up the (then) rather stale catalog of Pops standards.

 
 Posted:   Jan 21, 2022 - 9:19 PM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

If your are ordering this in the U.K., best price I found was from Decca . £49.99
You can get 10% discount by using Code - DECCA10 (£44.99 plus postage).

Hope that helps


Aargh. I didn’t see that discount. Anyways it’s on its way now. And yes, the price is great at DECCA.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 21, 2022 - 11:22 PM   
 By:   Big X   (Member)

If your are ordering this in the U.K., best price I found was from Decca . £49.99
You can get 10% discount by using Code - DECCA10 (£44.99 plus postage).

Hope that helps


Aargh. I didn’t see that discount. Anyways it’s on its way now. And yes, the price is great at DECCA.


Though I have ordered mine through another retailer, the set at DECCA UK seems to be sold out.

 
 Posted:   Jan 22, 2022 - 2:35 AM   
 By:   AdoKrycha007   (Member)

Now the only thing left is to get this signed cool





 
 
 Posted:   Jan 22, 2022 - 3:07 AM   
 By:   Martin B.   (Member)

If anyone has a good set of covers for this set would it be possible to share.

Currently ripping but finding decent coverart is proving challenging for a lot of the titles.

 
 Posted:   Jan 22, 2022 - 11:52 AM   
 By:   EdG   (Member)

Most of the cover art can be found by doing a Google image search and including the name of the album and "Spotify". Spotify has most of the available classical album art at 640x640. However, Decca (which now owns the Philips Classics catalogue) has removed the Philips branding from the digital artwork. If there are any you're unable to locate that way I can post them here.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 22, 2022 - 12:26 PM   
 By:   phoenix68   (Member)

If your are ordering this in the U.K., best price I found was from Decca . £49.99
You can get 10% discount by using Code - DECCA10 (£44.99 plus postage).

Hope that helps


Aargh. I didn’t see that discount. Anyways it’s on its way now. And yes, the price is great at DECCA.


Though I have ordered mine through another retailer, the set at DECCA UK seems to be sold out.


Showing in stock again…. They also stock the upcoming Williams Berlin releases, which you could also claim the discount on.

 
 Posted:   Jan 24, 2022 - 9:15 AM   
 By:   JTWfan77   (Member)

Most of the cover art can be found by doing a Google image search and including the name of the album and "Spotify". Spotify has most of the available classical album art at 640x640. However, Decca (which now owns the Philips Classics catalogue) has removed the Philips branding from the digital artwork. If there are any you're unable to locate that way I can post them here.

User JGouse0498 has recreated the Philips Digital Classics branding in high quality, so one could conceivably take those covers and paste the banner in.

 
 Posted:   Jan 24, 2022 - 9:34 AM   
 By:   EdG   (Member)

I’d like to point out a few highlights from Decca’s John Williams and the Boston Pops box set that will be of interest to film music fans:

Gershwin: Porgy And Bess Suite (arr. Robert Russell Bennett and Alexander Courage)
Whiting: Hooray for Hollywood (arr John Williams)
Pops Salutes The Oscars (arr Morton Stevens)
Raksin: The Bad And The Beautiful (arr Herbert Spencer)
North: Unchained Melody (arr Lee Holdridge)
Steiner: A Summer Place (arr Lee Holdridge)
Love Is A Many Splendored Thing (arr Angela Morley)
Courage: Star Trek Theme (arr Alexander Courage)
Phillips: Battlestar Galactica (arr Stu Phillips)
Constant: Twilight Zone Theme And Variations (arr Stu Phillips)
Steiner: Tara’s Theme (arr Angela Morley)
Arlen: Over The Rainbow (arr Alexander Courage)
Brown: Singin In The Rain (arr Conrad Salinger & Alexander Courage)
Tiomkin: Friendly Persuasion (arr Angela Morley)
The Trolley Song (arr Conrad Salinger & Alexander Courage)

All the Williams compositions are his own arrangements.

 
 Posted:   Jan 24, 2022 - 6:13 PM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

A lot of the stuff was arranged and orchestrated by Alexander 'Sandy' Courage.

 
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